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  • 5 Sep 2017 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    Presidents Report

    Happy BC Day weekend!

    It's been a busy few months at CANZBA, with some very exciting events, our most recent being: Doing Business in Canada – Tips and Traps for the Unwary. We were fortunate to co-host this event with KPMG, one of our Corporate Members. Shane Onufrechuk, a Partner with KPMG provided insights into tax laws for new and existing businesses with regards to doing business in Canada. Members can access this presentation on our website. The 2017 Australian Budget Review was another successful event, with discussions around topics such as; What new initiatives are announced in the 2017 budget, Important changes to the taxation system, The impact of changes on property investors and expatriates, how the australian property markets may react, and changes to Australian lending condition.

    Air New Zealand has partnered with Vancouver Airport for Pride Parade this year, complete with new float. They are hopeful to showcase an upcoming DJ or vocalist that is currently climbing the charts. It should be a great time! This will be the kick-off event for heavy activity in the Vancouver market the next few months, leading up to their 10 year anniversary since the inaugural flight Auckland-Vancouver, in November.

    Happy Summer

    Nerella Campigotto

    Consular Update

    2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (4-15 April)
    Queen’s Baton Relay in Canada (27 July – 1 August)

    A tradition of the Commonwealth Games since 1958, the Queen’s Baton Relay celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about sport. It arrived in Canada on 27 July making stops in Toronto (27 July), Hamilton (28 July), Edmonton (29 July), Victoria (31 July) and Vancouver (1 August) en route to 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast 4-15 April. In each city, events were planned in which the public participated. In Vancouver, events were held at Empire Fields (site of the 1954 Empire Games) and BC Place Stadium (BC Sports Hall of Fame). The Australian Consulate, in conjunction with the Queensland Government, also hosted a reception to celebrate the Baton’s presence in Vancouver.

    Trade 2018

    Trade 2018 is the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Trade and Investment Program developed by the Queensland Government in partnership with City of Gold Coast. It seeks to leverage trade and investment opportunities in priority Commonwealth markets such as Canada. This program includes targeted inbound and outbound missions, international activations via business receptions and investor briefings that run concurrently with the Queen’s Baton Relay as well as an extensive Games-time business hosting program which will incorporate a range of exclusive business events at Commonwealth House. For more information on this program and to register your interest click.

    Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to Canada

    With the completion of her posting, Portia Maier, Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to Canada has returned to Australia. Her successor has not been officially announced but is expected to be in Toronto by late September. CANZBA members will have an opportunity to meet the new STC later in the Fall.


    Our upcoming events are listed below and please see events page for full detail:

    • October 13, Seminar Market Update, SMATS Group
    • October 25, Networking: Co-hosted event with AIB 
    • November 2, CANZBA Conversation: NZ High Commissioner post-elections report
    • November 6, Melbourne Cup 
    • December 5, CANZBA Conversations, Consul Update

  • 5 Sep 2017 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    You'll be able to soon!

    Qantas announces new non-stop routes to be launched by 2022. Read more here

  • 30 Aug 2017 6:31 PM | Anonymous

    ‘JUST NOT THAT WOMAN - An exploration of fact, fiction and magic in the 2016 US election’ will make its world premiere at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.  Created by award-winning Australian writer/performer Ali Kennedy Scott (The Day the Sky Turned Black), this docudrama with magic is playing September 8-16, 2017 at The Firehall Arts Centre. For further information and tickets.

  • 25 Aug 2017 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    Have you registered on the Australia Global Alumni website yet?

    By registering, you get exclusive access to the members only section of the website. It features communities of practice dedicated to different discussion topics, events, professional development opportunities and more.

    Registered alumni are also be able to:

    • recruit fellow-alumni for projects and collaborations
    • connect with other researchers 
    • develop plans for their own alumni association, or 
    • find an association to join read alumni success stories, perspectives, and ideas.

    Australia Global Alumni also offers opportunities to connect with the global community of members through social media channels.

    Share your professional knowledge and insights with your peers around the world. Use these communities as collaborative platforms to research, create and innovate with your fellow-alumni.

    Go to If you have any questions or need more information, contact

  • 25 Aug 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    Australia and Canada do it again!

    Melbourne, Adelaide, Toronto, Vancouver & Calgary listed in top 5 most liveable cities with Melbourne taking top spot again. Read more here.

  • 18 May 2017 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    IFAF’s 2017 Women’s World Championship – 24-30 June – Langley, BC 

    The International Federation of American Football (IFAF)’s 2017 Women’s World Championship will take place 24-30 June at McLeod Stadium in Langley.  Led by head coach Dr Jen Welter, the first female coach in the NFL, Australia will make their women’s work competition debut against Canada on Saturday, 24 June @ 7:30pm.  Tickets can be purchased here

  • 11 May 2017 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Australia and Canada have been described as “strategic cousins” – two countries with much in common in terms of their foreign policy interests. Both are federal bicameral Westminster-style parliamentary democracies, predominantly English-speaking, New World melting pots with liberal, democratic, free-trading societies. Both have also carved out constructive middle-power roles for themselves in their past international engagement.

    Read full article here.

  • 11 May 2017 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    In late 2015, Australia and China signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), a landmark agreement that had China making liberalization commitments to Australia beyond any previous deal. Read full article here.

  • 4 May 2017 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    The University of Auckland is having a reception for Alumni and Friends in Vancouver on Monday May 29th.

    • Date: Monday 29 May
    • Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
    • Venue: Home of John McCall MacBain, Vancouver. (Details will be provided on registration)

    Click here to register

    Dress code: Smart Casual

  • 4 May 2017 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    This guest post words and photos provided courtesy of Roddy MacKenzie.

    Through my membership in the Royal Commonwealth Society, I was invited to attend today's 6 pm ANZAC 102nd Anniversary Memorial Service at Vancouver's Victory Square Cenotaph of the World War One Battle of Gallipoli. Turks call it the Battle of Canakkale.

    This Battle raged in Turkey from April 25, 1915 until January 9, 1916. The Allies including ANZAC [Australia & New Zealand Army Corps] sustained 302,000 casualties while the Ottomans including Turkey sustained 250,000 casualties. Out of that catastrophic bloodbath of the British, French and Ottoman Empires, three nations were born -- Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. These three maintain a special friendship even after 102 years.

    Today's Memorial Service at the Vancouver Cenotaph was hosted by CANZBA [Canada, Australia & New Zealand Business Association] with the support of the Australian and New Zealand Consulates in Vancouver.

    On my arrival, I spoke with BC Regiment Honourary Colonel Ted Hawthorne about his pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge two weeks ago for the Centenary. As well, I met New Zealand Consul General Nick Fleming and Australian Consul General Kevin Lamb. They were delighted I'd cared enough while in Turkey in 2012 to visit Gallipoli and pay my respects at their battlesites, monuments and cemeteries.

    As it happened, for this Service I was seated with Turkish Consulate staff. There I had the good fortune to sit beside Bulent Aksari. I learnt much from Bulent about Turkey in our conversation before the Service commenced.

    The Commemorative Address was delivered by Australian Consul General Kevin Lamb. He graciously compared Gallipoli to Canada's Battle of Vimy Ridge, even though the scale of the tragedy of Gallipoli is so overwhelming it dwarfs Vimy. Then the Padre Father Keith Gilbert led us in prayers. Next, Turkish Consul General Anil Bora Inan said the Words of Remembrance and recited for us Ataturk's Immortal "Letter to ANZAC Mothers".

    Wreaths were laid by Australia's and New Zealand's Consuls General, British Consul General Nicole Davison and Nerella Campigotto of CANZBA, as well as our Royal Commonwealth Society President Shawn Wade and others. Then came The Ode to the Fallen, The Last Post, Two Minutes Silence and The Rouse.

    A memorable event was the Singing of the National Anthems because this was facilitated by printing the words of each Anthem in the Programmes which were given to everyone in attendance. First we sang ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR, then GOD DEFEND NEW ZEALAND [first in Maori, then in English] and finally O CANADA.

    This moving meaningful Memorial Service of Remembrance of the worst nightmare Australia and New Zealand have ever endured militarily concluded with The HAKA and other traditional songs and dances of the Maori of New Zealand performed by "Te Tini a Maui". That was a heartwarming conclusion.

    Also heartwarming was the number of people who reverently filled Victory Square in downtown Vancouver for this Service. In Australia and New Zealand, every April 25th countless Services of Remembrance are held throughout both nations to honour those who fought the Battle of Gallipoli.

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